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Friday Frivolity – Web Site Story

Geek dinners tend to resort to nerdy talk about tech news, the latest shiny social media gadget, and the latest social networking stories and stats. In our space, it also tends to turn into a discussion of the latest PR and marketing gaffes. It is called a Geek Dinner, after all.

I was pleased, while in Toronto last week for a vacation with my wife, when she agreed to join me for such a meet up with some of Toronto’s PR and marketing best, Donna Papacosta, Dave Fleet, Martin Waxman, Ed Lee, and fellow FHers David Bradfield and Eden Spodek. It was a blast to meet some of my coworkers face-to-face finally and shake hands with some of my inspirations and corporate rivals. Bonus, my wife even enjoyed it, so she says.

Donna, in addition to organizing the whole thing, tipped me off to this hilarious gem from College Humor that turns West Side Story into…well, I imagine what a Geek Dinner Musical would sound like. Thanks to all for making the trip downtown for the meet up.

more about “Friday Frivolity – Web Site Story“, posted with vodpod

Geek Dinner Cleveland with Shel Holtz

Cleveland The venerable Shel Holtz will be in Cleveland next Wednesday, 4/9, for an IABC event. So he and I are organizing a geek dinner in honor of the occasion. Yes, a real geek dinner. With actual people and real face to face interaction.

If you care to join us, drop me an email or leave a comment on this post (with your email of course, it won’t show). Not sure where we’re going yet, that will greatly depend on how many people commit, but I’m also willing to take requests for good places to dine. We’re planning on 6pm, downtown Cleveland. Once we have the final count, I’ll email you all the place.

Photo by spatulated

Friday Frivolity – Meetup Envy

The Podcast Asylum has come up with a term for the condition that afflicts podcast listeners who hear about geek dinners and other social events for podcasters but are unable to attend them. It’s called Meetup Envy and I think it’s a very serious and unfortunate condition.

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Sadly, I’m very familiar with this syndrome and even more familiar with the subject of their analysis.

Hint: It’s me. But I’ll get them, I’ll make them ALL PAY! HAHAHAHHAHAHAA

Read up on Meetup Envy here.

As Halloween Nears, Enjoy This Virtual PR Murder Mystery

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Those of you tired of hearing about this may groan at this point. But it seems only fitting to revisit the Virtual PR Murder Mystery since Halloween is next week. I may never get another chance to plug this thing again. Oh, hold up, there’s a Halloween next year, too?! Awesome. Well, you get a year off from hearing about it again.

But since I’ve met so many new people since I rolled this out in April, I thought I’d give it another try. It was a labor of love, as planet Sab points out and truly created from the heart (and taking full advantage of Creative Commons, I might add)

Download this 30 minutes of PR Podosphere parody for a Halloween laugh (right click to “save link as”) or play it in this handy player.


A Virtual PR Update

Virtual PR Murder Mystery LogoActually, this is a real update – on a virtual topic.

I thought I’d run down the list of those nice comments and friendly shout-outs from my fellow blogospheroids regarding the infamous Virtual PR Murder Mystery (listen now). I spent a lot of time on that and I appreciate the comments and witty banter that has developed because of it. Also, the link love. Also the attention.

I get lonely.

This is also to find out if I’ve missed any and, maybe, to shame some people who said they’d write about it (or should have written about it), but didn’t – into doing so. Did I mention that thing freakin’ took me for ever?!

I also have word that my evangelists are out there – even now – spreading the viral virtual on my behalf. So very kind.

virtualpr.jpgAlso, Master Penn emailed me a snap of the stats today. I was shocked to see it, but – there, plain as day, without question, was, that’s right: a pie chart. I was stunned! Oh, wait, there are numbers, too. Seriously, “total number 250, unique IP 185.” And while I have no idea what that means, my guess it is that more people than the following have listened to my unique tale. I’m flattered. Also, I got an email today from a PRSA associate, not just a member, someone who actually works for PRSA saying “p.s. The ‘murder mystery’ — very cool!

So, in no particular order, I want to acknowledge that:

Many thanks to all who have enjoyed it, blogged it, sent me an email, called, podcasted it , or IMed me about it. I

A Virtual PR Murder Mystery

Virtual PR Murder Mystery Logo

dagger_1.jpgA beloved PR blogger sends a cryptic warning through the blogosphere and disappears.

Upon his request, a handful of international communications professionals gather in a stereotypical, dank castle in eastern Europe to solve the mystery.

The only problem: one of them is guilty!

Who did it?

Why?

Is the beloved PR blogger still alive?

How will it all turn out?

What’s with all the lists?noose_1.jpg

Find out!

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Starring Luke Armour with Unwitting Guests:

pc_1.jpgWell, I did it again. Last November I had this idea that wouldn’t leave me alone (here). After receiving positive feedback from the roasted, as well as numerous other people who a laugh or two, I decided to do another. In the works since January, this came about from some late night Skype and IM chats with Mr. Paull Young. Fleshed out over a historic visit with Youngie and Ms. Caldwell, it has evolved into this. It got a little out of control partway through, as happens when you try to add plot to a ridiculous idea, it runs exactly 30 minutes. Download, listen and enjoy. Or don’t, I don’t care. I didn’t make this for you anyway.

Special thanks to Christopher Penn of the Financial Aid Podcast, Constantin Basturea, Brian Bradway (for the awesome graphics), Paull Young, Erin Caldwell, my wife Emily, and all those who are directly or indirectly referenced in this parody for going with the flow.

Disclaimer: This was conceived some time ago. Rest assured, I’m certainly not making light of some of the serious, unfortunate events that have transpired in the blogosphere and off recently. I’ve been told that listening to the entire show will certainly make this clear. This is parody, pure and simple.

I also don’t feel the unwitting participants really believe or do any of the things said or done in the audio file. By downloading the file you agree that you have a sense of humor and will therefore take the whole thing for what it’s worth. Which isn’t much, but it will kill a good 30-minute commute or workout on the elliptical machine at the gym. If I’ve offended anyone, it certainly wasn’t my intention, I did it because I thought it was funny. Which is why I do most things. This show was brought to you, however inadvertently, by Creative Commons and the nitwits friends who laughed when I did this the first time. It’s the absurdity that makes life fun.

SPOILER WARNING: Reading the comments before you listen MAY spoil it for you, I’ve been told.


A Virtual PR Geek Dinner

Update: I made New PR ! Thanks, Constantin.

Well, I had this crazy idea. And like a fool I acted on it. I couldn’t help it. It was driving me crazy. I had to let it out.

Since I’m in Ohio and jealous of all the geek dinners and social media events, I made one up. Yes, I fabricated a geek dinner with some influential PR podcasters and me at a bar.

And well, sure, I took a few creative liberties. But only at the expense of other people, see. Deep down, I’m sure they truly appreciate the attention.

Special thanks to the guys at Inside PR (Terry and David) and For Immediate Release (Shel, Neville) for being good sports about this (I hope). Special guest appearance by Paullscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It comes in at 11:10, and my testers enjoyed it. I hope you do to.

Link straight to the mp3 here.

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